The Religion program strives to give you a foundation in understanding religious phenomena, the ability to think clearly about the social and personal issues religion addresses, and preparation for a variety of careers.
The flexibility of the Religion major or minor makes it an excellent choice for students who want to build professional depth and expertise. Many of our students take Religion as a double major or minor to add to their understanding of other fields. A number of courses from related disciplines (e.g. History, Philosophy, English) can also be counted towards the Religion major and minor.
Our Religion program provides both variety and depth of study, offering courses in Buddhism, Christianity and Islam; in the religious traditions of China, Japan, India and the United States; in biblical studies; and in ethics and the relationships between religion and contemporary society. Many of our courses are organized around topical issues, including death and dying, women and religion, religion and ecology, and religion and racism.
All faculty members teach both introductory and upper level courses. This assures a quality learning experience for students and is one of the reasons why students rate our department very high in terms of excellence in the classroom.
The Religion program also participates in cooperative overseas programs. You can study in such places as India, Japan, and Israel earning credit through programs sponsored by other American universities.